ABOUT THE TOPIC
The positive influence of UK universities and research collaborations with different types of companies in the UK ecosystem.
ABOUT THE COLLABORATION
A survey held in May 2011, acknowledged that UK universities contributed a lot to the UK economy. Especially in research collaborations. Universities contribution to research collaborations varied in type. However, most of the contribution included; universities offering their service to the businesses, let businesses provide access to research knowledge in their business and asked universities to deliver training and consultancy in the organizations.
“The increase of collaborations demonstrates that engagement in collaborative research is seen as valuable”
ABOUT THE BENEFITS
In the UK there are many organizations that choose to work in collaboration with higher education and academics. The increase of collaborations demonstrates that engagement in collaborative research is seen as valuable. Especially for designing and stimulating new ideas and spurring new approaches. The main reason for the engagement is to exchange knowledge, deliver training and offer consults with businesses and organizations.
ABOUT THE OUTCOME
The results from this study showed that in 2011 and 2012, UK universities contributed a lot to the UK economy. Kingston University located in London was one of the universities who noticed the importance of research collaborations for UK eco-system. With a total of 554 start-ups in their portfolio, Kingston University still has a leading position in the research partnership of the ecosystem in the United Kingdom. Moreover, the survey revealed that engagement with a large business increases with 6% in 2012.
ABOUT THE RESEARCH
The survey showed that most of those research partnership included the following: Universities offering their service to business, usage of research knowledge in business or delivery in training and consultancy. The engagement of universities with large business increased approximately by 6%. The increase resulted in an income of £343 million in the years 2010 and 2011. What’s more, the organization in the public and tertiary-sector use research partnerships for consultancy, training and to have access to intellectual property.
ABOUT THE PARTNERS
The partners in this survey included Kingston University, London, business in various types of sectors. The survey was carried out by a third party, whose name was not mentioned in the source.
The survey was carried out on the 11th of May 2013. The article was published in June 2013.
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